The Pros and Cons of Having a Double Major

Last updated: Oct 26, 2020

College offers you the freedom and independence to choose the field of study that interests you the most. Some students decide to major in two different fields or double major. Check out some of the most common pros and cons of having a double major in college.

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What Is a Double Major?

There are many types of undergraduate majors in college to choose from. Once you go to college, you might discover you’re interested in two fields of study. A double major allows you to pursue and complete two different majors at the same time. Keep in mind, you’ll have to complete the specific academic requirements for each major if you choose to double major.

Pro: Expanded Education

By double majoring, you’ll expand your education because you’ll complete two sets of academic requirements. You can use the skills you learn from your double major courses to help you land internships and jobs.

For example, if you major in business and have a double major in marketing, you’ll have both business and marketing knowledge. By choosing a double major, you are broadening your academic path and skills.

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Con: Double Major, Double Work

If you decide to double major, you will be required to successfully finish both majors’ requirements. The good news is that some of your classes may overlap for each major. However, you will need to learn time management and study skills to help you make the most of your study time.

Additionally, you don’t want to stretch yourself too thin and miss out on college activities, such as football games, campus events, and more.

Pro: Can Open More Doors

Double majoring can open more doors when you start looking at internships, jobs, and potential career paths. Because of the expanded education and skills gained during your double major, you could find that your double major makes you a more desirable job applicant. This is especially true when your two majors relate to one another, such as business and marketing.

Committing to a double major also shows potential employers that you’re dedicated to learning, growing, and reaching your goals.

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Con: Can Take Longer to Graduate

This con probably isn’t a surprise, but it’s important to consider. Double majoring could mean you won’t graduate in exactly four years. You’re completing two bachelor’s degree programs, so it often takes longer to finish a double major. While some double majors may only need one or two extra semesters to graduate, others might need an extra year or more.

With the additional time spent on a double major, you’ll also have added tuition costs and may need to take out more student loans.

Get the Info You Need

Whether you’re interested in majoring in one subject or two, it’s important to have the information you need from academic advisors. Make an appointment to talk to yours about your college and career goals. Your advisor will be able to provide you with information and explain the demands of your chosen majors.

If you have questions about undergraduate majors or concentrations at USF, the Office of Admissions is always ready with answers. You can contact us online or by phone at 813-974-3350.